Duke basketball: Predictions mounting for 5-star forward Patrick Ngongba

Duke basketball signee Patrick Ngongba II (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball signee Patrick Ngongba II (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

The predictions are coming fast and furious for Duke basketball prospect Patrick Ngongba. 

Decision day is looming for Duke basketball prospect Patrick Ngongba II and the recruiting experts are making their predictions for where the 5-star recruit will end up next season.

It all started on Wednesday night when Trilly Donovan, the anonymous social media college basketball insider, posted on his website that he has received word that Ngongba will commit to the Blue Devils.

The Paul VI (Va.) standout took a visit to Duke last weekend alongside Cooper Flagg, the top player in the country who just committed to Duke on Monday, and 5-star wing VJ Edgecombe.

Ngongba’s visit was an unofficial visit after he took his official visit to Durham in early June.

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Patrick Ngongba cut his list down to three schools — Duke, Kansas State, and Kentucky — and announced he would make his decision on Saturday, November 4, which was followed by a more specific timeframe of a 2:30p.m. ET announcement.

Just a week after his trip back to Durham, he began an official visit to Kansas State and many believed the Wildcats to be the favorites to land the forward at one point in his recruitment but the chatter has flipped to Duke.

Ngongba is listed as the No. 25 player in the Class of 2024 and No. 5 center in the country, according to 247Sports.

Duke basketball piling up predictions for recruit

A 247Sports Crystal Ball Prediction was logged by Ryan Gilbert, a staff writer for the 247Sports Kansas State site GoPowercat, for Ngongba to commit to the Wildcats shortly after his official visit to Manhattan but that flipped to Duke on Thursday after four other predictions came in for the Blue Devils.

All five 247Sports predictions now are in favor of Jon Scheyer’s squad.

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Duke, because of Cooper Flagg’s decision, already has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country but also has 5-star wing Isaiah Evans, 5-star guard Kon Knueppel, and 4-star wing Darren Harris committed to the program.

In addition to VJ Edgecombe, Duke is also still in the group of finalists for 5-star guard, and the No. 2 player in the recruiting class, Dylan Harper.

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